Money still flows
Christel DeHaan’s political contributions proved embarrassing to former state Superintendent Tony Bennett, but they apparently are still welcome to the chairman of the Indiana House Education Committee.
Rep. Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis, received a $10,000 contribution from DeHaan, sponsor of the Christel House charter school, on April 19. DeHaan, who made her fortune in time-share properties, has donated more than $2.5 million to Indiana candidates since 1997.
Bennett’s ties to DeHaan came under scrutiny last year when email correspondence between Bennett and some of his top staffers showed that he scrambled to revise the school-letter grade formula after learning her Indianapolis charter school had received a C.
DeHaan, who contributed $130,000 to Bennett, got more bad news last fall, when her Christel House Academy South dropped from an A to an F.
Behning’s primary election challenger, Michael Scott, emphasizes his support for public schools.